This is a 17 year Balvenie expression that was aged in an ex-bourbon cask before being finished for under a year in a sherry cask and bottled at 43%.
Nose: Strong oak with pepper and tar. Sherry influence is barely noticeable, but present. Cardamom and cinnamon.
Palate: Very light and floral with brown sugar and strawberries with grapes, honey, and lavender emerging over time.
Finish: Lots of earthy, damp oak with mushrooms and pepper.
Rating: 80/100 – The 43% ABV really holds this one back I suspect – very lacking at times feeling a bit hollow.
Value for the money: This retails for around $150 which is absurd – should be priced around $50-$60 based on quality.